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Do We Really Swallow Spiders? and Other Modern Myths

Updated on December 2, 2014

Do we Really Swallow Spiders?

And Other Modern Myths

Someone famously said that “a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.” That someone is variously claimed to be Mark Twain or Winston Churchill so, ironically, at least one version of this fact is actually a lie itself. It just goes to show how quickly myths, urban legends and false ideas can spread around. Nowadays, when the internet allows something to be available to almost everybody in the world within minutes of being written, they spread even faster. People are still used to the idea that if they “read something somewhere” it's probably been at least roughly checked in order to get published, but on the internet that's not necessarily true. Chain emails and “1000 fact” type websites can be powerful tools to spread information, but not all of them are as accurate as they claim. Here are three urban legends in common currency, and the real facts behind them.

Myth One: Human Beings eat An Average of 7 Spiders in their Sleep During A lifetime

You may well have heard this idea being thrown around all over the place: apparently we unwittingly swallow a steady diet of spiders in our sleep. As our mouths loll open, passing arachnids find themselves strangely compelled to crawl in, where we cheerfully gulp them down without knowing. Makes you shudder doesn't it? Well before you start wearing a surgical mask to bed, you'll be pleased to hear that this is just an urban legend.

Over the past few years, the idea has been trotted out all over the internet and beyond. Some sources say the average is seven in an entire lifetime, while others insist it's eight in a single year. Even the lowest estimates are significantly higher than the true figure – zero.

Although it apparently stretches back further, most of this urban legend's spread is a product of the internet age. A very deliberate product, as it happens – it was put online specifically to show how quickly false information could spread on the internet. Way back in 1993, when the web was young, a PC Professional columnist named Lisa Holst wrote an article about how many false facts where circulating on the internet. To prove how readily they were believed and passed on, she deliberately put out a load of made-up trivia and watched it spread. One of these was the spider myth, taken from an old 1950s book of bug-based folklore. Appropriately, the spiders thrived on the web, and she found it took off much faster than even she had expected. It became one of the most widely-quoted urban legends on the whole internet, and spread offline to appear in books of trivia and even national newspapers.

Myth Two: Water Is Transparent

No. It's blue.

But surely that's the wrong way around! Yes, it can look blue, but that's just because it reflects the sky, isn't it? Well yes and no.

Water only ever manages to appear blue when it reflects the sky, but scientists have looked beyond what we see with the naked eye. It turns out, water is tinted just slightly blue on its own. Yes, water has a color after all, and it just happens to be the same one it takes on by illusion.

This is an especially interesting myth because an awful lot of people started believing the right thing but for the wrong reasons, at least when they were children. They thought that water was blue, but now most people know that it was just reflecting the sky. Therefore, they also “know” that it's really perfectly clear.

Of course, since it seems so obviously transparent (barring impurities) unless you happen to have access to specialist equipment, nobody can be blamed for believing this particular myth. But this is still notable as one of the few cases where a well-known myth turns out to be true after all. At the risk of giving out headaches, the idea that this is a myth is, actually, a myth!

Myth Three:GolfOriginally Stood forGentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.

This myth is definitely untrue. Making words from acronyms is a fairly modern invention, and started long after the name “golf” came into common use. If there was any doubt, the earliest written record is a Scottish statute written in 1457, which spells the word “gouf.” Unless medieval Scots had a very interesting way of spelling “ladies” (which they didn't), this particular origin story is just an urban legend.

Nobody's completely sure where the word did come from, though, and the same can be said of the game itself. The vast majority of historians agree that modern golf is a fifteenth century Scottish invention, but where it came from at the very start has been lost to the ages. Earlier golf-like games have been recorded everywhere from the Netherlands to China. Which of these, if any, is the true ancestor of the game we know is anyone's guess. As for the word “golf” itself, one common theory is that it comes from the Scots word “Goulf” which roughly means “to hit.” Given that the word is so appropriate, and that the modern game and the first recorded use of it's name both come from Scotland, this does seem a pretty convincing theory. The word “goulf” itself may itself be derived from the dutch “kolf,” meaning a club, bat or similar instrument. Some still believe that Holland may be the true birthplace of the game, too.

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      Chipp Marshal 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for shedding some light on the "eating spiders" myth. I always had a hard time with that when I was a kid.

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      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      The thought of swallowing spiders in my sleep has freaked me out for a while, so thank you for the information and I will probably get to sleep better now!

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      A James Rodi 4 years ago

      Haha! Thanks VeronicaFarkas! I did swallow a bug while jogging once though! :) Thank you for the vote and share, much appreciated.

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Oh thank god. I figured that -since I eat them when awake- I may be getting too much spider in my diet. I'm so happy to find out that that's not the case! (just kidding, of course) ;)

      Very funny hub! Voted up & shared!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      You will only know if you ate spiders during the night if you wake up not feeling hungry and decide to skip breakfast like some people do! haha, Lol! Thanks for stopping by turnerkristina35, I appreciate it! :)

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      Kristina Turner, Leigh 5 years ago from Henderson, nv

      Thank god spiders don't really crawl into my mouth at night when I'm sleeping!! I tried so hard not to think about it for so many years, and I'm relieved to know that it is a myth!! Blehhhh

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Judy G Gillis, I found the golf one a little strange! Although it is only a myth, “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” does sound like an old husband' tale instead! :) Thanks you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Judy G Gillis 5 years ago from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

      Good to know about the golf one. I love the game and it's infuriating that when the men have a "men only event" at our church in the summer, they invariably go golfing. No women allowed. I agree with someone earlier who said that instead of an old wives' tale, it is probably an old husbands' tale. ;) Thanks for posting!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi gail, haha, I remember that one also! :)

      Hi, Deja Vu! So many of us have heard about old wives tales/urban legends throughout our lives from our parents, grandparents, ect! But when you think of it, almost all these superstitions sound suspiciously similar. It's interesting how some of these from childhood still stick in my mind. :)

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      Your Deja Vu 5 years ago from St Petersburg

      I has always wondered about the spider swallowing thing. Good to know it's just an urban legend though. Whew, I feel a little better now!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      No, its an old wise tale. I remember the one where they said if you step on a crack in the sidewalk you"ll break your mother's back. Your welcome.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi gail, Thank you! Although spiders are all around us, indoors and out, there's no documented cases of this ever happening. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Rusti Mccollum, Are you still waking up your husband up at 2:30 in the morning to kill spiders? lol. Little common house spiders are not aggressive. They actually tend to get away from any human contact! We have a better chance of swallowing a fly than eating a spider. :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I wouldn't want to swallow spiders, either. Very interesting myths.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi, Better Yourself, thanks! The chances of swallowing a spider while you are asleep are almost 0 to none. It just does not happen! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi DMVmimay, thanks for the kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! No spiders! :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Thinking i swallowed spiders in my sleep grossed me out! Thankyou now I know I'm not eating those creepy things. I know people that swear its true!

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Enjoyed your hub! Glad to know I am not swallowing spiders at night :) Thanks for sharing!

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      DMVmimay 5 years ago

      Really interesting hub !.. i had a great time reading your hub, so cool. its just so cool reading traditional story thing :D wewwww.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Dancilla, thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the hub. :)

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. Great hub!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Etherealenigma, Thanks. Most of these Urban Legends, myths, old wives tales' are the kind of stories that make our heart race, they sound so creepy and always send chills up and down our spine! It's also because many have a touch of truth to them but have been inflated and distorted a little, and so we believe them. They're credible tales though! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow JP. I never heard of any of these, but the most intriguing one was the spiders, for sure. When I first read that myth as you had stated it, I got chills at the thought, but, I thought, I don't think I would have ever swallowed any bugs, because the moment I even think I feel something crawling on me on any part of my body, I'm jumping up and trying to flick it off me or my bed. Interesting hub though. GB

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey whittwrites thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. :)

      Hi usbmemorydirect, We all swallow insects/bugs at some point! I know I did! especially while jogging! But not spiders that happen to crawl into our mouths during the night! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

      Hi lezsaysit, thank you. I think we can all sleep a little more soundly, unless we really enjoy the idea of eating spiders. Thank again, I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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      lezsaysit 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I gave your article an "interesting" rating. I enjoyed it a lot. That's insane yet pretty smart of the author to show the effect of the spider myths by using the internet as the tool. Well done!

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      Very interesting facts. I loved the read.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Well thank you very much MizBejabbers :) It is very interesting indeed. The fact that water looks transparent (barring impurities of course) and also odorless and tasteles for the matter, but actually has a very pale blue tint is fascinating. There are other factors however that can affect our perception of the color of water. It is often much easier make notice of this beautiful intrinsic blue when looking at it in larger quantities, such as lakes, oceans and even pools.

      I've been awakenned by spiders also! :) Thank you so much for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi iefox5, I wish it were true! haha. Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate.

      Hi Becky Bruce. A spider might crawl on us at night, find its way under our covers or even onto our face. But do they enter into a mouth and nose while we are sleeping? No!, Especially little common house spiders. Myths tend to survive based on how interesting they are, rather than whether or not they're true. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciatei it. :

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      Interesting, I was taught in school that water was transparent (clear) and that any colors came from chemicals in the water. I guess they were trying to explain why some water is blue, some green, some brown, and some clear. I had never heard that about the spiders, but I wouldn't have believed it because I've been awakened by and swatted a couple crawling on my face. I don't believe one could make it into my mouth. Now I've swallowed a gnat or two while fully awake, of that there's no doubt.

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      Becky Bruce 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      nice hub but I still think we swallow spiders in our sleep! I know people who have woken up mid chew..... yum yum!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      Swallow Spiders? Unbelievable! It is not true.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi HowRadical, Thanks! The blue color of water can actually be seen with the naked eye by looking through a long tube filled with purified water. Science is fascinating!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi twillnurse, Spiders do crawl on beds sometimes, haha (I'm not trying to freak you out) However, the whole thing of swallowing one during sleep is impossible. I've been hearing this story since the early 90s, always made for some fun conversation though! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Freddyisreal, thank for dropping by, much appreciated.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Well thank you so much hoov45. The spider myth does make for an interesting entertaining story, to share with friends, for fun. Thanks stopping by and commenting, for your vote and everything else, I really appreciate that. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi SkySlave Thanks. Just like the myth/rumor that 'there are tarantulas who can jump 3 to 4 feet', it's simply not true. Maybe it is man's curiosity or his vulnerability for the gross and unbelievable that make legends surface and spread so fast. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks jennzie , spiders are already creepy on there own, the thought of swallowing them while we sleep is even more creepier, but not true. Thanks for stopping by and your vote, I appreciate it.:)

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      HowRadical 5 years ago

      Awesome hub! Didn't really know whether water was transparent or not until now. :D

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      twillnurse 5 years ago from North Carolina

      oh yes glad it is not true someone said it long along ago. I like to have freaked out, I started sleeping with the covers over my mouth and nose. I am freaked by them.

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      Freddyisreal 5 years ago from new jersey

      great hubman thanks for the info

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      johnsmitht 5 years ago

      It's to keep my mouth shut when I sleep!

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      hoov45 5 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

      Glad to know that I'm not dining on spiders in my sleep. That is good to know. Congrats on a fine hub here and your success so far. Voted up and following your work now.

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ive heard many people say that we swallow spiders in our sleep every year. I'm glad to hear that idea was a myth. Its crazy to think that rumors like that can travel all around the world. This was a very interesting post.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi katy2, Thank you. I can't wait to read your article! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Aiden Hill, sorry to disappoint you, haha. However, most have eaten several bugs while jogging, and even while eating, lol. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

      Thank you naimishika, glad you enjoyed reading the Hub.

      Thanks zaidu87:)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Thank you, Lou Lohman. Chemistry really is a fascinating science! We usually observe small quantities of water to be colorless, Yet it has a slight blue tint (really is interesting).

      In my opinion: I agree that acronyms are not a 'modern invention'. But there may be some disagreement among some, concerning this question. When did the use of acronyms begin? What are some of the earliest acronyms and did they know it was an acronym at the time? is what they keep argueing on. Thank's for adding that. I really appreciate it:)

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Very interesting hub. I have to say that I am pretty relieved that the spider myth isn't true...

      Voted up/interesting.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi ElleBee, Some urban legends/myths have been circulating around for so long and spread widely enough to have become classics. The spider legend was one of those. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      You are most welcome, Joshua George! Thanks for stopping by.

      Johnathan L Groom, They are perfectly harmless little spiders, lol. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      katy2 5 years ago

      wow that's an interesting perspective you just gave me a great idea of an article i can write thank you.

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      zaidu87 5 years ago

      interesting hub :)

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      Aiden Hill 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Wait, so we don't actually swallow spiders in our sleep??

      ...

      Damn.

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      Lou Lohman 5 years ago from Plainfield, IL

      Quite an interesting article, I enjoy the concept. I especially liked the one about water; I'd always assumed that the color came from something in the water, and not the water itself.

      I'd just like to say, though, that words from acronyms isn't what one might call a "modern" invention - the Hebrews have been doing it for hundreds of years. Just FYI. :)

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      Johnathan L Groom 5 years ago from Bristol, CT

      spider per man ratio while asleep- 3:1

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      Joshua George 5 years ago from Kochi (Cochin), India

      Nice hub.Thanks for the information

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      Maybe I live under a rock, because I had never heard this spider eating myth before! (or at least I didn't recommend it). But it certainly made a good title and got me to read! I am very happy to know that one is a myth! After all, eating spiders... YUCK.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi takerecess, No offense taken :) I do find it sort of ironic myself, lol. Sort of a double standard. It's kind of difficult to explain without one asking: 'is this actually fact'? After all, the myths are found all over the internet, and here I am writing on the 'internet' trying to explain about the false myths/facts that are found all over the internet. I hope I made sense, haha.

      Lots of research by reliable sources answers these myths. Yet, it's difficult, because most urban legends follow a well-known set of rules that draws on conventions of language, culture, folklore and vague attribution. By definition, urban legends are not true. Usually it's common sense that answers most myths. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it :)

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      takerecess 5 years ago from USA

      Though I find it reassuring to think I'm not eating spiders, it is ironic, and don't take offense, that this was written on the internet and, like you stated, the facts aren't "double checked". I don't believe you would claim "facts" were actually myths, I just find it ironic. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Thanks jaybird22, glad to hear it. Urban legends, superstitions: old wives tales, folklore, omens, bizarre beliefs, I really enjoy reading these things, and learning the truth. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      jaybird22 5 years ago from New York

      Good hub and a great topic. Well written! Voting up.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Thank you so much JideAlexander for dropping by and commenting on this article. I was surprised as to how many myths (Particularly the ones I've mentioned here) are still found in magazines, books and circulating on the web as fact. But they're not. :)

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      JideAlexander 5 years ago from IL

      What a very interesting hub. keep em coming!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Bedbugabscond, thanks so much for stopping by. It is an interesting myth though, lol. I have had quite a few laughs, when it comes to the spider myth! It definitely makes for good entertaining conversation! :) Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      Oh good, that means I do not have to save aside a few extra calories for each spider ingested in my sleep! I too have debated this issue at great lengths!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Well thank you so much breathe2travel, that was very kind of you! The spider myth was so popular back then, and still is. Going back just a few years ago, I remember having many debates with friends over the issue of how many we actually swallowed while sleeping, haha. Now I now better! Thanks again for stopping by, and for sharing it on facebook, I appreciate it. :)

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Rated up & interesting. Thank you for sharing. I will repost on my facebook wall -- I think a lot of people will be interested in your "debunks" ;) Especially the spider one... how many times have I read the myth? I couldn't even begin to count!

      Best regards~

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi SEO IT! lol, no, it's not true, and if it were I'd be really upset. Perhaps the myth "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden" came about as a joke made by golfers during those times. I wonder what kind of gentlemen they were, if they forbid woman? Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      Karla Whitmore 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I thought the golf one was true *blush*.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey thanks kuttingxedge! I use to quote this often as well, lol. It's interesting though, because it does sound possible. But it's not! Sure, a spider can make its way onto the bed, but in no way can it ever crawl into the mouth! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      @ Rusti Mccollum, :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi reagu, That's funny! lol. But those are simple little common house spiders! Can you stomach a live tarantula? Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      S.P. Kelly 5 years ago from Just outside of international extradition agreements

      What a cool article. Thanks for sharing. I have definitely quoted some version of the spider myth. Voted up for sure.

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      LOL That's just gross!

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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I'd like to think that I swallow spiders. Makes me feel tough.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      LOL, thanks Rusti Mccollum! When you wake up in the morning and are not feeling hungry, and decide to skip breakfast like many of us, then it's because you had your breakfast during the night, haha. Kidding! Yes, some spiders are creepy. I hope to write something else soon. :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      You should really do another hub like this! I found it amazing and comforting lol the first time I was here. I'm still gonna be afraid of them though,kind of prissy that way. lol At least I know I am not eating those suckers!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      That's exactly right endless sea, Some myths simply seem real. I liked Myth Busters, watched it plenty. I hope to write soon! Thanks for leaving this interesting comment. :)

      Hi beddersox, Thanks! Usually it is difficult to see the blue color in a simple glass of water, It takes bigger quantities to actually notice . Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it :)

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      beddersox 5 years ago from USA

      I definitely just picked up my glass of water and carefully examined it to see if it appeared blue!!! Lol loved this!

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      I remember watching a show called "Myths Buster" there I learned about many myths and urban legends those we believed were real, some of them very very stupid and obvious and I thought how can anyone even believe that, but some sounded so legitimate that when I heard that they were myths I was shocked to know the fact. Even in my course book when I was a kid they taught us some myths as facts, the most common being water is tasteless, odorless and colorless.. So we can conclude that there are many urban legends that we believe are realities some are just so obvious that we are shocked to know reality.. well I'll be waiting for the next part!!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Rockvale. I hope to get to the next part soon, as I noticed many wanted to know more about the spider myth! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.:)

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      Rockvale 5 years ago from Loveland

      interesting information. I found myself wanting to read more though. Any chance you could add more?

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey tobey100, glad to hear you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for dropping in, much appreciated.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey hi endless sea. Sometimes these urban legends can be traced back hundreds, or even thousands of years. Most if not all sound ridicoulous, lol. The spider myth is a classic, and agree with everything you said! 'Gentlemen only ladies forbidden', as someone mentioned earlier: That's a common old wives' tale. Or better yet, more likely an old husband's tale, haha! Many were shocked ( including I, when I did the research) that water was actually blue! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it

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      tobey100 5 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

      Great hub. I've heard the 'eating spiders' thing since I was a kid. Never believed it but it great to use on my own kids.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      I never believed the myth about eating spiders while I am asleep..I just thought it as make up story so that children with habit of sleeping with their mouth open will get some feeling in them to make sure they correct it( as I was one of that kind) then again with the golf been acronym to "gentlemen only ladies forbidden" I thought it as a made up by some people for fun.. (after reading it I felt like I am quite intelligent cause I was saved from falling into trap of urban legends) but when I read about the water woha!! I was shocked it was really something very interesting and shocking for me... really nice hub voted up and interesting!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey hi Rusti Mccollum! :) We’ve all heard this scary and unsettling factoid at some point in our lives. There are numerous sources.. some say 7 spiders in a lifetime, others 4, and also 8, lol. The majority of us never swallowed any spiders in our sleep.. yet! Unless we're really hungry, haha. But in all seriousness, realistically... the average number of spiders swallowed at night per person, in an entire lifetime is probably (less) than one. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. Glad it cleared the spider myth up for you :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Thankyou! Someone once told me we ate 7 spiders a YEAR in your sleep.I am deathly afraid of them.I have vacated a room they are in. Woke my husband up at 2:30 to kill one (he was terribly unhappy about it, and let me know. It doesn't stop me from waking my spider killer.) The watercolor I found very interesting too. Still I'm glad about the spider thing being false! THANKYOU FOR CLEARING THAT UP!!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey Modern Lady, thanks for dropping by! I keep asking myself: is there any way of eating a spider while we're asleep? Unless we're extremely hungry, the chances are really low, lol. Thanks again for dropping in, much appreciated :)

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I've always wondered about the spiders one.

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Chlarrey Lustre, thanks for stopping by to read. Some urban legends prey on our deepest fears, and this is why we sometimes believe in them. The spider myth was specifically put out to demonstrate how gullible we are, because in a (strange) sense..it does sound like something possible.

      But again, the myth comes from an article written by Lisa Holst in 1993, it centered on the 'question' of how people believe just because they read it on the internet. Ironically enough, the myth comes from her own list of made-up facts, which she put out.. to prove her point. She also got her inspiration from a collection of common misbeliefs.. in a 1954 book on insects folklore). Take care, much appreciated :)

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      Chlarrey Lustre 5 years ago from Africa

      I can't believe people actually believed this spider myth...hmmm...so what else do you believe?--that chipmonks actually sing eh?

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Homechef,lol, thanks for stopping by!:)

      Thank you leakeem, glad you liked the hub! :)

      Hey thanks anivardiashvili! Looks Translucent.. completely see through, but blue it is! :)

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      anivardiashvili 5 years ago from Georgia

      Very interesting hub. It's pretty cool that water is actually blue. :)

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      leakeem 5 years ago from Earth

      very interesting hub and a very nice read!

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      Homechef 5 years ago

      Well my spider can sigh in relief, he always feared those mouth traps (:

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      (smiles)@ audreymanning89! Thanks for reading!

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      audreymanning89 5 years ago from Arkansas

      What. A. RELIEF!

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hi Schatzie Speaks :) The Brown Recluse Spider! ouch! From what I've learned about the recluse spider- is that it feeds only on dead insects. And if I can be of any help.. I can tell you.. it does not attack people. However, they do tend to defend themselves, but only when disturbed. But I can definitely understand your concern! No.. actually there is no way we can ever swallow a 'common house' spider, unless we do it deliberately..yuk! lol. As for the recluse.. in can bite.. but the spider myth itself is all nonsense, nomatter what type of spider. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Well thank you Peter Leeper, that was very kind of you! I like hearing about urban legends too! Thanks again for sharing this article, much appreciated. :)

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      A James Rodi 5 years ago

      Hey thanks cablemanagements! It's just a myth. It was invented as an example by the columnist Lisa Holst to prove how fast news spread over the internet. However, many have actually swallowed bugs while jogging, lol.. but spiders! during the night! that happen to crawl into our mouths! Not a chance! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      Schatzie Speaks 5 years ago from US

      Can I just say I am extremely relieved about the spider myth being a myth. I just moved to an area where there are recluse spiders, whose bites can dissolve flesh. I was seriousy concerned what would happen if I swallowed one of those! I'm assuming the outcome wouldn't be pretty. Now this is one less thing to be paranoid about.